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Virtual APLF brings intl suppliers to main tanning regions

Jan '21
In view of the current situation, APLF, a leading leather trade show, has announced that it will continue to support tanning industry by organising online events for Chinese, Indian and African/Middle East markets. The virtual events will bring together international suppliers mainly from chemical, machinery, raw hide/ skins and footwear components sectors.
Testing and accreditation companies will also be present so as to facilitate the operations of local tanners and manufacturing sectors.
For three consecutive weeks, buyers from China (January 20-21, 2021), India (January 28-29, 2021) and Africa/Middle East (February 3-4, 2021) will be able to log in to the online platform to meet new suppliers, source new products and attend webinars with a similar experience to participating in a real event.
The three Virtual APLF Events have received excellent support from the local leather associations that are Council for Leather Exports of India (CLE), China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and the African Tanning associations which support the Pan African Leather Fair (PALF) in Egypt which will be held in 2022.
“The Chinese domestic market has recovered well from Covid-19. From January to August 2020, the total import value of leather products reached $8.89 billion, with 850,000 tons of raw hides and 312,000 tons of semi-finished leather being imported,” APLF stated in a press release.
“India accounts for 13 per cent of global production of hides & skins and is home to 20 per cent of the world’s cattle and buffalo population and 11 per cent of the world’s goats and sheep. With an abundance of raw materials, 3 billion sq ft of leather are produced annually in India,” release stated.
“Africa accounts for 26.3 per cent share of the world’s livestock population, and 14 per cent of the world leather and hides originate from this continent. Annual footwear demand reached 800 million pairs, and leather goods imported to the UAE ($2,000 million), Saudi Arabia ($1,000 million), Tunisia ($800 million), Kuwait ($400 million) and Egypt ($200 million) are strong indications that this region should not be neglected as an export market,” release further stated.
“It is expected that there will be rapid growth in the next few months. The Chinese consumer market is making a steady recovery and in view of consumers’ recognition of online shopping and payments, brick-and-mortar establishments that sell products such as shoes, hats, bags, apparel, furniture and automobiles are actively adopting new marketing models, such as webcasting,” Mr Li Yuzhong, chairman of CLIA, said.
“The Council for Leather Exports and APLF have been close partners for many years. APLF is an especially important exhibition for the Indian tanning and leathergoods industry, both as a platform for exporting and sourcing. So, it is a great honour for me to partner with APLF this year to organise this Virtual Event, where CLE members and local manufacturers will participate and meet suppliers from all corners of the world – just as we did in Hong Kong,” Aqeel Ahmed, Chairman of CLE, said in the release.

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